UW-Whitewater online programs ranked among best in the nation

July 10, 2019

Student on laptopWith more than 20 years of experience in delivering online college courses to students from Wisconsin and around the world, UW-Whitewater was ranked No. 6 in the top 30 online education programs in the United States by EDSmart.org. The University of Michigan was ranked No. 1.

EDSmart.org said this about UW-Whitewater's online offerings: Online programs for undergraduates at UW-Whitewater include a Bachelor of Business Administration in economics, general business, finance, management or marketing. There is also a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies as well as one in political science. A unique bachelor's degree program is one in law enforcement. The latter degree is for veteran police officers with three years of experience who already possess an Associate of Arts in criminology. The program is designed to allow officers to work at a pace that does not overwhelm them. There is also a bachelor's degree in early childhood education.

"Our online programs have been stellar for more than two decades," said Interim Chancellor Cheryl Green. "These alternative forms of delivery are important not only for the level of excellence they offer, but also to allow students to take classes when it is convenient for them. UW-Whitewater's online programs serve traditional college age students, and also allow returning students to start a degree program or finish one they began earlier in their educational career."

UW-Whitewater continues to expand its online offerings to serve the needs of students who are looking for an exceptional education at a reasonable price.

The retention rate for online students is 78 percent with a graduation rate of 62 percent.

According to EdSmart, "EDsmart's ranking of the best online colleges in the U.S. is the most comprehensive and well-rounded to date. The ranking includes only fully accredited schools. Rankings are based on affordability and return on investment, while also considering factors such as graduation and retention rates according to NCES College Navigator reporting."

"As online college classes become more prevalent, it is important to recognize the colleges and universities that go above and beyond," said Tyson Stevens, managing editor of EDsmart. "Our goal is to highlight these schools and their commitment to higher education."

"The Best Online Colleges ranking allows students to compare accredited programs and find those that best fit their education interests and career goals," said EDsmart's spokesperson. "Beyond providing affordable education, a college is not successful if it does not graduate its students, which is why EDsmart rankings place a high value on outcomes, including graduation and retention rates."